Crock Pot Lentil Chili

All the ingredients needed.. and some knives.

Frequently non-meat eaters are faced with feeding their omni family, friends, and co-workers. For me, a fan favorite is chili – but growing up omni, how in the world do you make something that satisfies the chili-craving AND is cruelty-free?

Simple: I took my old chili recipe and modified it a little bit to bring lentils into the party instead of one of our animal friends. 

This seriously makes a LOT of chili (fills the big oval crockpot to the brim). You can modify the amount by only using 2 cans of each bean type or by only using 1 can of the fire roasted tomatoes. Every seasoning added is “to taste”; however, if you follow the recipe, you’ll get a nice, rich smokey flavored chili everyone should enjoy (well, those who liked chili to begin with at least haha).


A recipe by Willowbrook Farms Animal Sanctuary President, Cris Porter


  • 1 cup dry green lentils
  • 3 cans chili beans, mild
  • 3 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 oz) Rotel tomatoes and chillies
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can-full of water (I use one of the tomato sauce cans)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 Tablespoon taco seasoning (Old El Paso brand does not contain whey)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon salt

NOTE: All cans are 15 ounces in size unless otherwise called out


  1. Optional: Line your crock pot with a crock pot liner.
  2. Place all ingredients into the crock pot – I usually start with the bulkier items and build my way to the seasonings (pretty much the order the ingredients are listed is the order I put the items into the crock pot)
  3. Stir to mix all ingredients
  4. Cook on high for 6 hours.

Just like meat-based chili, the longer you have it, the better it tastes!

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